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At Clifford Chance LLP, London-based Jeremy Connick has significant experience in African power markets. The group is currently advising the lenders on the development of a 190MW combined cycle gas-fired plant, which will be located in the Western Region of Ghana. The team has strength in energy projects and is experienced in advising on reserve-based lending. Frankfurt-based Edmund Boyo is well known for his work on structured finance transactions and has expertise in acting for sponsors and lenders on the financing aspects of mining, ports and petrochemical projects.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s ‘superb practice’ has extensive experience in offshore developments. The team is currently advising Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on natural gas development at the Jubilee, TEN and Sankofa fields. Peter Stewart has ‘excellent connections in Ghana’ and is praised for his work in upstream oil and gas development and international arbitration. Timi Balogun is skilled on the infrastructure side, and the ‘practical and brilliantBradley Doline was promoted to partner. The government of Ghana (Ministry of Justice) is another client. All named lawyers are based in London.

Norton Rose Fulbright has an impressive roster of clients, such as African Infrastructure Investment Fund 11, AngloGold Ashanti and Barclays. The ‘efficient and competent’ team handles big-ticket financings, litigation and M&A deals, and has substantial experience in domestic and cross-border capital markets work. It is acting for Standard Bank of South Africa in relation to the financing of the development of a retail shopping mall in Accra. Nick Prowse is ‘very knowledgeable, level-headed and solution-focused’. Martin McCann specialises in major financing transactions in the infrastructure and mining sectors, and Bayo Odubeko is recommended for his work with leading Africa-focused private equity firms. Daniel Metcalfe is ‘very effective’ and Andrew Buisson is also recommended as an excellent projects lawyer. Senior associate Lisa Koch ‘demonstrates a really good understanding of Ghanaian law’. All named lawyers are based in London.

White & Case LLP is well known for its expertise in project financing and PPP work and has a strong track record of advising on the major sovereign deals in the region. It represented the lead managers on Ghana’s issuance of $1bn in 10.75% amortising bonds that were partially guaranteed by the International Development Association, a member of the World Bank Group. In London, Stuart Matty is recommended for his capital markets work and Christopher Czarnocki has vast experience across a wide range of debt and finance transactions.

At Dentons, a team from London and New York, together with its associate firm JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, advised the Republic of Ghana on its Regulation S/Rule 144A sovereign bond issue. London-based David Cohen has a broad range of capital markets expertise. Mary Boakye is vastly experienced in international finance and corporate matters, with a particular focus on Africa.

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